LIFE+ ORGANIKO - Revamping organic farming and its products in the context of climate change mitigation strategies

LIFE14 CCM/CY/000990

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Contact details:

Contact person: Charalambos Chrysostomou
Tel: 25002562
Email: konstantinos.makris@cut.ac.cy

Project description:


Cyprus has adopted EU climate change policy. However, more information regarding different agricultural systems is needed in order to assess their impacts on climate change; in particular, comparative data on organic versus conventional farming, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, efficient use of materials, and regarding children’s health.


The LIFE+ ORGANIKO project’s main objectives are to:

  • Develop a strategic national plan for mitigating climate change in agriculture through the advancement of organic farming and its products in the Cypriot economy;
  • Demonstrate the quality performance for a series of climate mitigation indicators, including indicators of agronomic and environmental quality for both organic farming and conventional agricultural systems;
  • Offer periodic monitoring towards the timely delivery and impact of the demonstrated organic farming protocols that mitigate climate change;
  • Demonstrate comparative advantages of selected organic products in decreasing amounts of concentrations of organophosphate pesticides found in children;
  • Tailor organic farming protocols for products of major importance for Cyprus agriculture (e.g. apples and barley) to local farm characteristics;
  • Organise the efficient transfer of project results to the scientific community, stakeholders and general public in Cyprus and Italy; and
  • Evaluate the current situation in Cyprus (before and during project implementation) regarding the organic farming sector (farmer practices, technical stakeholders’ bottlenecks and consumer perceptions).
  • Expected results: The ORGANIKO project will include indicator-based measurements of climate mitigation through organic farming quality assurance schemes, in order to demonstrate the benefits of organic farming, in terms of climate mitigation and adaptation, and other areas. The project aims to demonstrate a viable transformation for farmers interested in organic farming practices, to help increase the market share of organic products in Cyprus.

    Within the four years of the project, the following results are anticipated:

  • A strategic national plan of mitigating climate change in agriculture through the advancement of organic farming and its products in the Cypriot economy;
  • Climate mitigation performance indicator of reduced nitrous oxide emissions is expected to lower by an average of five per cent relative to the baseline value of 410 CO2 eq. units;
  • Climate mitigation performance indicator of reduced CO2 emissions is expected to be lowered by an average of five per cent relative to the baseline value;
  • Agricultural land used for organic farming is expected to increase by 2.5% compared with five years before the project starts;
  • Urinary pesticide concentrations in children consuming organic products will significantly decrease when compared with children on conventional diets;
  • The number of Cypriots willing to spend a marginal additional amount in euros to buy organic products is expected to increase on average by six per cent;
  • An average increase of organic sector by one per cent in the Cypriot market;
  • The children health study will achieve synergies through its incorporation into a larger EU study design;
  • The number of farms adopting organic farming protocols is expected to increase when shared and replicated in Italy through partner KC by five per cent, compared to that obtained only in Cyprus (post project activity); and
  • The number of organic farming-related jobs is expected to gradually increase (e.g. farming, supply chain, logistics).



Environmental issues addressed:


Climate change Mitigation - Carbon sequestration
Climate change Mitigation - GHG reduction in non EU ETS sectors
Industry-Production - Agriculture - Forestry


public health‚  consumer information‚  human exposure to pollutants‚  organic farming‚  emission reduction‚  survey‚  greenhouse gas‚  carbon sequestration‚  climate mitigation strategy‚  greenhouse gas accounting

Target EU Legislation

  • Land & Soil
  • COM(2010)672 - The CAP towards 2020: Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challeng ...
  • Climate Change & Energy efficicency
  • Decision 529/2013 - Accounting rules on greenhouse gas emissions and removals resulting from acti ...
  • Industry and Product Policy
  • Regulation 834/2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Regulat ...

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Cyprus University of Technology
Type of organisation University
Description Cyprus University of Technology was established in 2004, with its first intake of students in 2007, as a new independent university in Limassol with a mission to produce and transfer knowledge through basic and applied research in areas of science and technology.
Partners KC(Kyoto Club), Italy DE(Department of Environment), Cyprus ARI(AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE), Cyprus


Project reference LIFE14 CCM/CY/000990
Duration 01-SEP-2015 to 31-AUG -2019
Total budget 975,951.00 €
EU contribution 568,149.00 €
Project location Kypros / Kibris(Cyprus) Extra-Regio(Cyprus) Mediterr. Cyprus (CY)(Cyprus) Piemonte(Italia) Valle d'Aosta(Italia) Liguria(Italia) Lombardia(Italia) Trentino-Alto Adige(Italia) Veneto(Italia) Friuli-Venezia Giulia(Italia) Emilia-Romagna(Italia) Toscana(Italia) Umbria(Italia) Marche(Italia) Lazio(Italia) Campania(Italia) Abruzzo(Italia) Molise(Italia) Puglia(Italia) Basilicata(Italia) Calabria(Italia) Sicilia(Italia) Sardegna(Italia)


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Leaflet "Βιολογικα τροφιμα και υγεια" (803 KB)
Leaflet "Βιολογικη γεωργια και κλιματικη αλλαγη" (681 KB)
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Slides Presentation "Bιολογικά Προϊόντα στη Ζωή μας" (2.81 MB)
Video link Project's video [3' - EL-EN]


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